News: St. Albert School New President Announced

September 28, 2020

Anne Rohling

Anne Rohling will become the new president of St. Albert Catholic School in Council Bluffs beginning Nov. 2.

A graduate of the school and native of Council Bluffs, she brings a wealth of business and legal acumen to the role, having guided strategic initiatives and negotiated multi-million dollar contracts for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

 After her time in corporate America, Rohling opened an independent legal practice in Council Bluffs, where she practiced patent law and advocated on behalf of the elderly. Her legal experience includes prosecution, business operations, regulatory compliance and litigation management.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Business Administration degree from Creighton University and Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law.

A parishioner of St. Peter Parish in Council Bluffs, she has served as the director of religious education for the last few years.

“Anne Rohling is steeped in the experience of Catholic education in her own life path, and in her own commitment to parish religious education and voluntary involvement in communal and corporate outreach,” said Bishop William Joensen.

“Anne brings many years of experience in the business world, has very deep roots in the Council Bluffs and southwest Iowa communities, and has an abundant enthusiasm and passion for St. Albert and Catholic education,” said Joe Narmi, school board president.

For Rohling, this role is personal.

My father passed away when the oldest of my six siblings was 10 years old,” she said. “My mother sacrificed to provide all of her children with a Catholic education, each one attended parish schools and graduated from St. Albert High School.

“This model of sacrifice and the experiences St. Albert afforded me, opened my eyes to the beauty of Catholic education and the profound desire to support and promote Catholic education in my community,” she added.

Bishop Joensen said she’s a natural leader.

“I believe she is moved by the Spirit to embrace this great personal and professional sacrifice by making this momentous transition at this point in her career on behalf of St. Albert Catholic School and I am profoundly grateful,” he said.

Rohling will be the first female president at the cradle-to-college school.

“Anne is a tremendous addition to the strong and diverse leadership at St. Albert,” said Jeff Lenz, St. Albert Foundation president.

Read the full press release here.